June series with Florida Marlins moved to Safeco Field
The Mariners picked up three more home games on Thursday in an unusual move by Major League Baseball as the three-game series June 24-26 at Florida will now be played instead at Safeco Field.
A conflict at the Marlins’ home park forced MLB to find an alternate site and the best solution was moving the games to Seattle, Mariners vice president of communications Randy Adamack said.
The Mariners thus will have 84 regular-season games at Safeco Field, though Florida will be the home team and bat in the bottom of the ninth inning in the shifted series. National League rules will be in play as well, meaning no designated hitter.
Adamack said the games will not be part of the Mariners’ season ticket package, but would be sold on a single-game basis with first priority for season ticket holders who want to purchase their same seats.
The Friday and Saturday games (June 24-25) will start at 7:10 p.m., with the Sunday finale at 1:10 p.m.
The Mariners originally were scheduled to travel from Washington, D.C., to Florida on a six-game road swing, but now instead will return home and have the Marlins’ series kick off a nine-game Safeco homestand that will also include interleague series against Atlanta and San Diego.
According to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, who covers the Marlins, the conflict involves a U2 concert at Sun Life Stadium. Florida is playing its final season at Sun Life before moving to its own retractable-roof facility in 2012.